A 75-year-old Frenchman who had set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone in a specialized boat disappeared after activating two distress signals, according to to his team.
Jean-Jacques Savin set out from southwest Portugal on January 1, 2022, with the aim of eventually heading to the Caribbean in around 100 days. In 2019, Savin successfully crossed the Atlantic in an orange barrel-shaped capsule, completing the 2,930-mile journey from the Spanish Canary Islands to the Caribbean in 122 days.
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In a Facebook postSavin’s daughter, Manon Savin, said she activated two distress beacons Thursday evening and Friday indicating that he was experiencing a “situation of very great difficulty”.
Savin’s boat was later found by Portuguese authorities overturned near the coast of the Azores archipelago on Friday.
The team initially said Savin was found dead inside the ship’s pod, but on Sunday a message from his daughter clarified that his body had not been recovered of the ship.
In a Facebook post a few days before the distress signals were sent, Savin said a solar-powered device used to recharge the battery of his watermaker had stopped working and he had been forced to use a manual device that “costs me physical energy.”
“Don’t worry, I’m not in danger!” Savin wrote.
Savin celebrated his 75th birthday during the trip on January 14. He would have become the oldest person to cross the Atlantic alone if he had completed the journey, according to The Washington Post.
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